Peyton Manning is now the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
It looks like 'Tebow Time' in Denver will now be referred to as the time spent remodeling your crucifix. That Peyton Manning would make the God-awful decision to choose the Broncos over the Niners or the Titans, he must be (mile) high.
The Denver Broncos may as well just burn last year's game tape, because it's probably not going to help Peyton Manning play quarterback. John Elway and John Fox have decided to end the era of flimsy balling, and claim that they're Peyton's calling.
The Raiders will not have to face Tim Tebow again (at least as a Bronco), and that's a good thing. They'll face Manning instead, which shouldn't exactly be looked at as a bad thing. Raiders have actually fared slightly better against Manning (2-3) than they have against Tebow (1-1), so it just may be a blessing in disguise. After all, Manning is no lock to stay healthy and the Broncos with him are no lock to be a Superbowl team.
They can take all the attention they want up in Denver, and analysts can jump all over them as a favorite, but people should remain skeptic. Many forget that the Raiders took Denver's D.A., who was the real reason behind Denver's defensive success and made it possible for Tebow to run go for it. Denver still has about two to four guys they'll overpay and bring in for Manning, so they can have fun.
Raiders are a different ball club this year defensively and this will help push them to be all they can be if Manning is indeed healthy.
Oh and by the way, Manning's Broncos will face seven playoff teams from last year.
FUN FACT: In their careers, the Chargers have owned Peyton Manning, and Carson Palmer has owned the Chargers. Something to think about.
-Raiders have re-signed Cooper Carlisle and signed former Texans guard, Mike Brisiel. Good moves here, with the Raiders solidifying the both guard spots for 2012. ESPN's Bill Williamson says the indications here are that Brisiel will play right guard and Carlisle will play the left.
I hear Brisiel is one tough dude, and that's good. Maybe he can slap some sense into Bruce Campbell, who's been terrorizing the bench with an unfueled chainsaw.
-Cornerbacks Ron Bartell and Shawntee Spencer are under-the-radar signings and are solid moves. Both of these guys have plenty of starting experience and are fine replacements for Routt and Johnson. Raiders can go into this with a step-back approach and let them play under one year deals, re-sign one or both after the season. They'll both have chips on their shoulders, looking for their next payday. You can rest assure that the hits they deliver will be crunchy.
Prediction? I'll say that Shawntae Spencer mimics what Carlos Rogers did in SF last season, balls out, and re-signs here after the season.
Reggie Mckenzie should really rock the cradle, because this baby needs some attention.
-Hopefully the phones for NT Aubrayo Franklin and LB EJ Henderson will be buzzing soon, because Reggie needs to add some veterans to that front seven. Could always release someone like Tommy Kelly or try to re-sign Branch long term to free up cap room, right?
-And what about WR Jerome Simpson? That athletic, troubled wide receiver who played oh so well with Carson Palmer. Worth a shot? I think so. Sign for minimum, cut for nothing is there's trouble. No matter what, they're going to have to add a vet to their receiving/tight end corps. That TE Joel Dreessen from Houston would be a nice addition as well.
There's still hope that the Raiders will go get some manhandling players. So c'mon Reggie...rock that cradle hard.
With few draft picks, throw a few Benjamin's at Franklin and Henderson and let's get this front seven on the right track...because it's been way, way off course.
--This article is from the twisted mind of Contributor AJ DeMello. For more comedic ramblings check him out on Twitter @Humorousfiend.
+1 on Jososi - lots of fat being cut (most of it righteously) - not much beef being added. Wondering if McKenzie is not just writing off the season at this point. Peyton might struggle - then again, the Broncos struggled with Tebow and they still won the division.
Funny Broncos sidebar - they want the Jets (or whoever gets Tebow) to refund them $5mil in salary. LOL! WTF? If I were a team DUMB enough to want the Tebow circus on my team - I'd just wait until Denver cuts him. You know that's their only choice - they won't go into camp with both Peyton AND Tebow on the roster. The religious folks will be outside the games with pitchforks and torches waiting for Elway to leave if Tebow sits next year. Why give up anything for him?
If we do not re-sign Bush, there is a RB on our roster that could replace him that no one knows about.... Lonyae Miller. He's a big back also at 6', 232 lbs, but with some speed. He was Ryan Mathews back up at Fresno State from 2006-2009. He had 5.5 YPC, 2000+ yards and 20 scores on 374 carries as a part time back over four years. He had a long of 90 yards while at Fresno State to go along with numerous other long runs. At his pre-draft workouts, he ran a 4.43 40 and he put up a 26 on the bench press. He was an undrafted free agent back in 2010. Picked up by the Cowboys and eventually made Tashard Choice expendable. Cowboys raved about how much he had improved in his pass blocking and with his effort on ST. In college, he was underutilized as a receiving option, but he has shown that he has good hands and can be used in the passing game.
Honestly, I was surprised when the Cowboys released him and I was giddy when we signed him.
DE Aaron Schobel is thinking of coming back after retiring last season after he couldn't get a new deal with the Bills after he missed the 2010 season with an injury. What do you like for DE/OLB depth? From what I remember about him, he could play both. I think he would be a very interesting signing.....
@JarrodRollins Would be nice if he's healthy enough. Also heard a rumor about bringing Morrison back... I don't know if it's good news, but might be better than bringing no one.
@Black_Nightmare Yeah, Schobel would be a great add if he is healthy. Bills had re-signed Morrison on my birthday, March 9th.
@nilbymouth @Black_Nightmare Hmm, after reading up on him, it just says that he has been retired for the last two years. His last season with the Bills, he had 10 sacks. He was 32 at the time he retired. So he really isn't that much older as he hasn't had the grind of the last two seasons on him. I think he could be a low risk, high reward player to sign if we can get him for the right price.
@Black_Nightmare I thought the Bills had re-signed Morrison like a month ago?
Latest player Raiders are looking to bring in: New York Giants Dave Tollefson a former Packers Practice Squad member that the Raiders swiped up before being waived afterwards.
@nilbymouth Raiders have signed CB Patrick Lee to a one-year deal. He was a second round draft pick of the Packers in 2008.
Just saw that. He hasn't done much for a second round selection! I'm guessing he has been bought in as a camp body more than anything.
@nilbymouth But I look at it as a waste of money that could be spent on bringing in someone that you actually want to make the final roster....
I wish I could be as optomistic. However, I have seen a lot of casting off and not much gathering. Yes it is possible Peyton is damaged goods. It is also possible he comes right back and is back to his old form, which can mean trouble. I would like to see the Raiders make the latter assumption and start working towards building a really solid defense. The offseason has a long way to go, so I will withhold judgement for a while. I am hoping they have a solid plan. Right now it does not look like it. It seems like they are taking the approach of lets see what we are left with.
@JarrodRollins Satele oficially to the Colts, you gotta be a happy man; wasn't your favourite as i remember! -)
Hope we can find some young talent at C or G depending on where they want to place Wiz Jr - Just really hope they decide on a spot for him and then keep him there for the future! No switching, it slows his development!
@Harder2000 lol. Nope, he was not my favorite player. lol. I am extremely excited about the re-signing of KaWhiff Barnes... Gag.... Ugh, I thought I could say that with a straight face, but I threw up in my mouth a little when I said it.... Can someone 'toid me?
@JarrodRollins KaWhiff is such a Great Player - and isn't he primarily a ZBS guy with those nimble feet of his?
All kidding aside, this makes sense in that Reggie will try and get some cheap rookies in, while KaWhiff can push Big Barks in the meantime! Not a fan of KaWhiff or the resigning, but it does make a little sense (and we can always cut him if we get the chance to sign something better)!
Re-signing KaWhiff is by far the worst decision this off-season. I hope like hell this is purely for depth / won't be starting or just as a Training Camp body.
On a side note no Green-Ellis who has signed with the Bengals which could mean one less destination for Bush and Mark Anderson has now signed with the Bills. But on a plus the Broncos have lost Bunkley to the Saints.
The Raiders really need to start getting busy. KC, Denver and the Chargers have all significantly improved their teams this offseason, forcing us now to play catch up...I hope the Raiders are done releasing players, but I think Tommy Kelly might be the next casualty. Hopefully, Kelly will be open to a restructure and not go down the way of Wimbley. Kelly is still a monster inside, and his loss will be felt. I like the idea of signing Aubrayo Franklin, but I think that will be a signing that will force McKenzie to loosen the finances up a bit. Franklin would be a great addition...
that's the only reason it's speculative nilby... because of the ties between the two... i hope it's more than that, trust me... although i'd rather have McIntosh and Henderson or Lofton and Mark Anderson ... thats just me though!
Lofton will be too expensive I think so will not happen.
As for the others my preference in order would be: Henderson, Lawson, McIntosh, Anderson
The first one had a very slow start on his carrer and was just last year when he estarted to show something. He has never started a game and his numbers are anything but spectacular. He has shown some flashes of talent, but he is pretty much like our own Travis Goethel, an unproven talent and a good wish.
EJ Henderson would be so great, but he will be expensive. I'm not sure any of these Vikings would be the answer to our prayers.
In other news the team has reportedly shown interest in Manny Lawson. Lawson is suppose to be pretty close with Tarver from his days as a 49er. Lawson would be a great pickup as he has experience in both the 4-3 and 3-4 formations and should come at a reasonable price. Fingers crossed!